186

Rob Reddy's Gift Horse: A Hundred Jumping Devils

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Rob Reddy's Gift Horse: A Hundred Jumping Devils That rarefied air where the compositional arts—writing, music and painting—come together is the holy grail for which this release from soprano/alto saxophonist Rob Reddy's Gift Horse is searching. Using 15th Century cover art and inspiration from beat poet godfather William Carlos Williams, Gift Horse bemoans A Hundred Jumping Devils that get in the way of this ultimate quest, sometimes delightfully and other times unpleasantly.

While all this may sound a bit pretentious, it isn't, and Reddy has assembled a fine cast of players, each with an uncommon ability to evoke a broad range of images as they interpret these beautifully complex compositions. Images intensify due to each musician's exquisite touch and by the merging of instrumental timbres not often blended. The beautifully round sound of Mark Taylor's French horn combined with Charles Burnham's violin and Reddy's soprano or alto, dovetailed with either or both, create voicings that are powerfully elegant.

Both Burnham and Reddy are inventive soloists, as is Taylor, who showcases a sound that is as commanding as a trumpet, but warmer and more inviting than any other brass player you will ever hear. At times mysterious and otherworldly, this music also swings in its own unique way. While percussionist Mino Cinelu is primarily responsible for casting various Latin shades onto the mix, he also cooks—and, with the emotive bass playing of Dom Richards—fashions a stylistic thread that runs through the entire session. Guitarist Brandon Richards comps and augments these pieces that are strangely postmodern, yet melodic and with a classical feel.

Devils is a very strong conceptual work that, when viewed holistically, succeeds on multiple artistic levels while leaving plenty of space for each player to strut, albeit gracefully.


Track Listing: Hymn For The Insurrection; The Unnamable; Procession; A Hundred Jumping Devils; Mark Of Sincerity; O-Brasil; Gabriel's New Horn; Abraham; Solipsism; One (for Jef).

Personnel: Rob Reddy: soprano and alto saxophones; Mark Taylor: French horn; Charles Burnham: violin; Brandon Ross: acoustic and electric guitars; Dom Richards: double bass; Mino Cinelu: percussion.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Reddy Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Pittsburgh" CD/LP/Track Review Pittsburgh
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 23, 2016
Read "Music of Weather Report" CD/LP/Track Review Music of Weather Report
by John Ephland
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "88" CD/LP/Track Review 88
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 24, 2016
Read "AMa AZa LaNdO" CD/LP/Track Review AMa AZa LaNdO
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 23, 2016
Read "While We’re Still Young" CD/LP/Track Review While We’re Still Young
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!